Carlisle Winery & Vineyards The Derivative Sonoma County Sémillon Blend 2013

$37

A rare white release from Carlisle. Limited.95 Points and 'Editor's Choice' Wine Enthusiast:  "This unusual blend combines old-vine Sémillon from the Monte Rosso Vineyard with Muscadelle and Palomino. Voluptuous on the nose, the wine is restrained on the palate, with inviting layers of licorice, beeswax and stone fruit. Exotic and long lasting, it’s an intriguing wine. Alcohol 14.2%. 330 cases produced.Carlisle's White Wine The Derivative is a blend of Semillon, Muscadelle and Palomino, a modern-day version of Hock, a white blend that was popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Almonds, hazelnuts, dried flowers, mint and licorice all blossom in an inviting, textured white long on personality and class. Dried flowers, honey and mint add nuance on the finish. It is amazing to consider that these vineyards were planted between 1886 and 1920.

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Ratings on Delectable

Shawn R Delectable Pro

Bottle age has put this in its prime. Lush and opulent.

Bottle age has put this in its prime. Lush and opulent.

9.3

Matt Austin Delectable Pro

Owner/Winemaker, Grosgrain Vineyards, Walla Walla, WA

Semillon, muscadelle, colombard and palomino from old vines. Distinctive and full of interest and character, even when consumed from plastic cups while laying in the grass.

Semillon, muscadelle, colombard and palomino from old vines. Distinctive and full of interest and character, even when consumed from plastic cups while laying in the grass.

9.2

Max Reichwage Delectable Pro

Highly delicious old vine white, oily, mineral, high acid, some Mancini Ranch colombard in the mix

Highly delicious old vine white, oily, mineral, high acid, some Mancini Ranch colombard in the mix

9.1

Kirk Feyereisen

Excellent with dinner prep...and dinner.

Excellent with dinner prep...and dinner.

9.0

Clay Hebert

Fruity and a little oily. Wonderful.

Fruity and a little oily. Wonderful.

9.7

Evan Field

The closest representation of white Bordeaux I've seen from CA

The closest representation of white Bordeaux I've seen from CA

9.1

Chris Regina

Minerality citrus oak apple weighty behemoth. Not quite as balanced as it should be but an interesting offering.

Minerality citrus oak apple weighty behemoth. Not quite as balanced as it should be but an interesting offering.

9.1

Jason Hemming

Melon, Apple and touch of spice. Medium body with prolonged finish.

Melon, Apple and touch of spice. Medium body with prolonged finish.

9.0

Steve Anderson

Great Cali blend!

Great Cali blend!

9.2

Dave Wood

Good but lacking balanced acidity at this juncture. Have a few more.

Good but lacking balanced acidity at this juncture. Have a few more.

8.9

WARNING: DRINKING DISTILLED SPIRITS, BEER, COOLERS, WINE AND OTHER ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES MAY INCREASE CANCER RISK, AND, DURING PREGNANCY, CAN CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS.